(See Rep Huizenga’s message to me below my response)
Dear Congressman Huizenga:
Thank you for your response.
The economics of many, if not all, of these issues have been settled via non-partisan groups like the Congressional Research Service. The very fact that you are parroting the patently false claim that “entitlements” have anything but the tiniest, very marginal effect on our debt and deficit is sorely disappointing. More than that, it shows a shameful lack of regard for indisputable facts, and a lack of understanding of just how important these “entitlements” are to a STABLE American economy.
If we DOUBLED taxes on the top 2%, it would NOT harm our economy. Quite the contrary, it would force the idle-rich to reinvest in AMERICA, not invest in tax shelters in the Caymans. The FACTS side with the Democrats. Please perform due-diligence in establishing the positions you take on behalf of Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district, and save the political grand-standing for election time.
From Balanced-Budget amendments, to the Farm bill, to the Violence Against Women Act, to Super-Storm Sandy relief, to the Fiscal Cliff, and on and on, we are getting little else from Republicans but ideological hogwash. Further, the GOP seems to fully intend to hold the Debt Ceiling hostage to more job-killing spending cuts. When the GOP wrecked our credit rating in 2011, purely for extremist, political reasons, that was effectively the end of the Republican party I grew-up with. Enough is enough, and all the gerrymandering gymnastics in the world won’t keep the recidivist GOP in power.
I have supported EVERY Republican president since Ronald Reagan; Until, that is, they ultimately proved the utter folly of their policies, or of their character, or both. It’s disgraceful, and you should be ashamed on behalf of your party.
Step into the light, Congressman. Michigan needs GOOD leaders, now, more than ever.
Jason M. Rowe
29 E 18th St
Holland, Michigan 49423
From: Congressman Bill Huizenga [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2013 4:22 PM
Subject: Reply from Congressman Bill Huizenga
Thank you for contacting me regarding the “fiscal cliff.” I appreciate the opportunity to hear your views.
On January 2nd, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act. This legislation was written in response to the fiscal cliff, which would be a combination of skyrocketing tax rates for all income levels and impending budget cuts that could decimate our national defense capabilities. While the measure includes some commendable permanent tax relief provisions, overall this legislation further delays a serious attempt to solve our growing spending and debt crisis.
Along with a majority of House Republicans, I opposed H.R. 8. However, it passed the Congress and was signed by President Obama. I opposed it because I fear for future generations, knowing that our nation is $16 trillion in the red. We are headed towards fiscal insolvency. H.R. 8 sends us in the wrong direction by appropriating hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending. The House of Representatives put forward a good faith effort and put revenue on the table. At the same time, it is clear that new revenue would only put a dent in next year’s massive projected deficit. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
While every area of government should feel some cuts, the major driver of our deficit today is entitlement spending. We need to preserve benefits for current and soon to be retirees, while reforming the program so that it will be there for future generations. These reforms could include block grants to the states, alternative private savings accounts, advanced eligibility ages, and reducing benefits for higher earners. Continued delays will only force more drastic solutions on the American people down the road. I will continue to support measures to balance our budget, without passing job-destroying tax increases.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. EMAIL.BEGINHIDE.MERGE
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